Galbraith (1999). Philosophy and the Instructional Process.

Galbraith, M. W. (1999). Philosophy and the Instructional Process. Adult Learning, 11(2), 11-13.

“A working or guiding philosophy of educational practice provides the foundation for all decisions, processes, and actions made about the instructional and learning process.” (p 11)

“As Patricia Cranton (1998) explains, instructional practice “without a rationale or a mission makes us technicians rather than professionals (p. 71).” (p 11)

“An appropriate philosophy should guide the educational encounter.” (p 11)

“… what principles they espouse for their practice …” (P 12)

“Sensitivity refers to beliefs about learners for the purpose of interaction with the learning community, while inclusion refers to the beliefs about the importance of including the learning community in all phases of the learning experience.” (p 12)

“Values are linked closely to our behaviors …” (p 12)

“Galbraith (1998) states that “Attitudes are those affective elements that are connected to our likes or dislikes, positive or negative, and for or against feelings towards a person or thing” (p. 10).” (p 12)

“An exercise you can do is to list as many attitudes you know you firmly hold and reflect on how they affect your instructional process. Next, write down the beliefs and values that influence each of the selected attitudes.” (p 12)

“An informal activity of reflection is an excellent way of getting started in the development of an instructional philosophy.” (p 13)

“The foremost benefit is that you now have an organizing vision for your practice.” (p 13)

“… Brookfield states that a personal philosophy helps reduce the feelings of uncertainty and helps give you “a clear picture of why you’re doing what you’re doing” (1990, p. 16).” (p 13)

“… acceptance for being thoughtful and committed to my philosophical orientation …” (p 13)

“Recognizing the importance of an instructional philosophy is the first step in moving from the category of technician to that of professional.” (p 13)

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